Now, this may seem daunting but it really isn't! Just take your time, there are brake lines to think about when you are doing this.
- Same again, remove wheels and put on stands, these don't need to be too high as you won't be bouncing any axel up and down!
- Now looking at your brake discs, you will see the bottom of your shock absorber attached by two Bolts. Give these a good spray with whatever lubricant, freeing agent your are using.
- Attach your 18mm Wrench to the nuts, and pull for your life with your 18mm socket and ratchet attached to the bolt!
- I found it a lot easier, leaving the bolts in until last.
- There is then the strut bar, attached to the shock. Your can see the nut quite easily. However, the strut is attached using a sort of spring mechanism which means as you turn the nut, so does the bolt. Behing the piece of metal behind the nut, there is a piece of metal where you can slot in your 17mm wrench so as you turn the nut using your 17mm socket, it will stop the bolt moving.
- With that nut now off, time to open the bonnet
- Remove window wipers, think its a 12mm socket. then remove screws clipping the plastic to the car. Remove plastic part so you have access to the top of the shock absorber. Using your deep 18mm socket you now remove the nuts from these.
- Unattach the brake lines and pipes clipped onto the brake line, don't worry they just slide back on
- Go back under your wheel arch and pull out the bolts that i mentioned leaving in.
- You can now simply lower your shock absorber avoiding the pipes and your car body and pull away from the car.